Antarctic Explorer’s Gear Lost in the Mail
May miss final flight
Antarctic explorer Richard Parks is in something of a bind after all his gear for his solo unsupported trek to the pole got lost in the mail. He had planned to depart for Union Glacier on Wednesday, until he realized on Monday that all the gear for his long expedition had failed to arrive in Punta Arenas. Working with the shipping company, they were finally able to track it down to a dock in London—from which it never left. “I now have two options,” Parks wrote on his blog. “I either pull the freight back through customs, take my pulk out and then get someone from my team to fly all my gear over to Punta direct asap and I use a pulk from here from ALE or the freight goes on the flight to Miami and then on to Punta as planned asap and I sit tight and wait.” The last flight of the season to Antarctica departs on December 17.